This post was inspired by a blogging adventure called Scattered Life Collective by Cynthia Lee. I caught up with Cynthia and she said that she is taking a little break this month, but will be back next WEEK with more of this challenge. I encourage you to play along if it inspires you!
current time: 5:22 AM. Early as usual. I just love the early morning hours. It is like my little secret with myself. I pad around quietly, so as not to wake my sleeping family as I get my morning cup of coffee and settle in on the couch with my sweet little Mac.
on the menu: Byerly’s salad bar salad with my Japanese Ginger (Shenandoah Valley) dressing. yum. Why are salad bars always more interesting than the produce drawer in my fridge? Tip: I added about a tablespoon of liquid agave to the jar of dressing to add a bit of sweet to the tang and it is oh so fab. Sadly, while trying to eat vegan, even Byerly’s has a hard time offering me good choices in their deli. They are getting better though. Perhaps it is because Eric and I go there at least a couple of times a week and browse their deli for our dinner. Yesterday, Eric was upset because he got a piece of fried chicken and, minutes later, they came out and restocked the bin with fresh fried chicken. His piece was dry and disgusting. (It smelled heavenly though.) Next time, he will definitely speak up. He complained on the way home and was determined not to let that happen again. I honestly wanted to tell him to turn around and take it back so that I had another chance to get a chicken breast for myself because it just smelled so intoxicating but I am glad that I held back. I ended up eating mashed potatoes and salad for dinner. A semi-vegan win.
out the window: Darkness. I was telling Eric yesterday that my deck is sad and lonely since it has been too cold for me to sit out there. I was feeling a bit pissy about winter coming and then yesterday I was on the phone with someone at work and they mentioned skiing. Oh. Skiing! I had totally forgotten that we did some downhill skiing last winter and loved it and now we have a brand new winter soon upon us. One of these weekends soon, I am going to have to shoo the bins and stuff back to their corners so that I can park in the garage again.
reading: The Good Life Lab by Wendy Jehanara Tremayne. So we are browsing Barnes & Noble (Eric, Tatia and I on a family book hunting expedition) and I pick up this book. I look at the back cover and this author lives in a tiny little town in New Mexico called Truth or Consequences. This just happens to be the town that my sister AND my mom live in, so I am intrigued. The book is about living sustainably and I am further intrigued. The author has a lovely Sumi background and has left her corporate life behind to live in T or C. Oh my. I was so hooked that we all ended up spending a quiet evening reading in bed. The living room was dark because the TV was off. A double win. I love the book. Triple win. Thought about giving it up for my giveaway when I am done reading it, but not sure if I can really let it go just yet… (epilogue: I finished it and connected with Wendy on FB. Oh, the marvels of social media!) Turns out, she knows my sister. Small world.
listening: Catching up with an ecourse I started in early October called The World Changing Writing Workshop with Pace & Kyeli. I got a bit of a late start (like, they are ending the class and I am just beginning it!) So far, so good! I love their stuff. Pace & Kyeli are super fun and they have great guest speakers like Danielle LaPorte, Jonathan Fields and Brian Clark (hey, I recognize ALL those names!) If you want to check them out, it’s a lot of fun! Besides having amazing guest speakers, this workshop is helping me to bring my writing up a notch. Sometimes I get a bit stuck with my writing. Right now, I am trying to finish the little guides that go along with my free Nine Ancient Principles ecourse I have put out there. Yikes. I am just a little stuck right now, so getting help from these guys is a great thing right now!
pandora: Some favorite songs on our Scissors Sister station this week are: Us/Regina Spektor, Better / Regina Spektor, Mouthwash / Kate Nash, Stop Breaking Down / White Stripes … I was listening to this station this week and thinking of songs to share with you. I might have to do another music share post.
audible: I made it now to unit 10 of phase one of Spanish. Making progress!
watching: We did a mini film fest this weekend with the series The Lightning Thief. I had not seen the first one and the second one was still at the cheapie theater, so we watched the first online and then did a matinee for the second one. Tatia and I read the whole first book together and part of the second. She has read all of the books by that author – he is one of her favorites. We sorta stopped reading them. I slow her down, for sure.
family trips to Barnes & Noble
family reading nights
Eric planning our trip to Puerto Rico & then telling me about it
joint venture projects like my Photo Essay series with Naomi Wittlin!
the smell of fried chicken
coffee in the early AM
playing: I decided to change the headers for this series to include PLAYING because that is more fun to me than thinking of icky things. I don’t want to think about icky things, really, and I love to have more play in my life. Telling all of you about my playing helps me ensure that there IS some play in my week. This week, I played with my knitting needles. I love my knitting. I think it is pretty safe to say that I am addicted to it. Currently, I am working on a lovely pair of very soft turquoise blue fingerless gloves – my latest pattern. (This is my third pair.)
around and about:
Naomi Wittlin – Naomi Wittlin is a photography blogger and this week we started a series of blogs that we are writing together. Neither of us has ever done anything like this before but it is really fun. It is fun writing with another person instead of always writing to the invisible masses on my own!
Suzanne McRae – What a sweet surprise to find this post where Suzanne mentioned me! It is so sweet to be included in people’s lives through blogging. The funny thing was, she never mentioned it. I just happened to click over and read it so it was a total surprise. FUN.
The GMO Fight - If you are keeping up with the GMO conversations, whoa. Things are heating up for Monsanto. Why is this company so dang evil? Sheesh! I found this great article on the fight that is going on, in case you are missing it.
Wiser.org - I got an email last week from my friend, Laura Ross-Perry. She is the volunteer coordinator for a great website called Wiser.org that is a database of non-profits around the globe. She needed some help with an online project and I signed up to help. I love helping Laura. Listen to her interview and you will know why. There is a book on social change called Blessed Unrest by Paul Hawken that will absolutely blow you away. The guy who wrote that book is one of the people that put this site together. If you enjoy being a part of social change, read that book and check out the site. You will be glad you did.
Live Called / 6 Ways to Create a More Peacecul Atmosphere at Home – a great little post about how to be peaceful. We could all use a little peaceful!